The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region working to make commutes faster and more reliable

$2.2 billion in capital transportation projects are planned over the next decade 

Newmarket – With a total of $328 million budgeted for 2018 growth and maintenance projects York Region will continue to build and maintain a faster and more efficient transportation network that works to enhance the traveller experience. This funding is in addition to $365 million already being invested in the rapid transit network.

York Regional Council received updates on 2017 road and transit accomplishments, as well as projects planned in 2018.

“These record investments in our transportation network reflect our commitment to growing a world-class transportation network that strengthens the links across our growing communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “York Region is consistently monitoring plans to improve congestion, increase road capacity and maintain our existing roads to keep travellers moving, ensuring the services we provide remain reliable and meet our goals for delivering quality service."

York Region is investing $2.2-billion over the next decade to fund the 10-Year Roads and Transit Capital Program plans. These long-term plans are in place to balance the infrastructure needed for current and future growth, while keeping existing roads well-maintained. The increase in funding saw a number of accomplishments in 2017.

Highlights include:

  • Completion of road widening on Highway 7 in the City of Markham
  • Completion of 2nd Concession road widening in the Town of East Gwillimbury and the Town of Newmarket
  • 18 new buses purchased through the 2017 Bus Fleet Expansion project

Construction taking place at over 60 locations in 2018 is being managed to proactively minimize disruptions to travellers. 2018 Plans include:

  • Working with partners to coordinate construction on Major Mackenzie Drive, from Highway 50 to Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Undergoing 11 Environmental Assessment studies as part of York Region’s plans for future growth
  • Adding 45 buses to the Bus Fleet Expansion and Renewal project

“We’re seeing the tremendously positive impact these investments are having on our communities,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Projects related to road widening, the addition of commuter-sharing and bike lanes, as well as improvements to transit terminals, are all working to enhance the traveller experience.”

For a list of current and upcoming Regional road improvement and construction projects visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees.

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Media Contact:
Nancy La Neve, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71226 or
Cell: 289-716-9605

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